Working, playing, and fighting for control

Steelworkers and shopfloor identity

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Abstract

While modern industrial labor relations gave legitimacy to worker directed forms of representation, the quest for industrial democracy was often pursued in less structured ways. Instead of relying on contractual or statutorial prerogatives to determine their shopfloor "citizenship," workers asserted a nonlegal type of ownership claim to their daily work process. Ownership in this sense was tied to an occupational identity which extended beyond the plant gates. Thus, the struggle for control over the work process often took place outside of institutional and formal representational schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalLabor Studies Journal
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

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Legitimacy
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Democracy
Labor Relations

Keywords

  • Labor history, steel industry
  • Steel industry
  • Work organization, process
  • Workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Working, playing, and fighting for control : Steelworkers and shopfloor identity. / Bruno, Robert Anthony.

In: Labor Studies Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.12.1998, p. 3-20.

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